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The Journal of Zia McCorgi

Good News: Finally
Zia McCorgi by Cooner
Everyone I know in Japan, with one exception, has gotten back to me. They're all okay. They're upset of course but no one in their families and none of them were in Danger that day but lucky freakish coincidence. Sigh of relief. All shaken but okay.

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In other news yesterday I made Baguettes for the first time in my life. A welcome home treat for mom.

Baguettes are notorious as deeply difficult for the baker at home. A full time baker and bread maker has the special tools and oven, and experience, to get them right but they're famously temperamental. But I did it yesterday anyway. First the Poolish (a type of starter) needs to be gotten at just the right time risen enough to dome but not have collapsed in itself. then you can't knead it too much. You also have to fold it during its rising time. Its freakishly long rising time. then you need to shape it just enough but not too much. Then the oven has to be juuuuust right. But my Mom who loves a good baguette said it was fantastic and I think it turned out just right soft and chewy on the inside and crunchy hard on the outside.

So I can cook baguettes and pie among other things.

URSA Majors Nomination!!!!
Zia McCorgi by Cooner
So I've been fully nominated for 2010's Ursa Major Award. Well Save the Day has at least. I'm up against Seventh Chakra, Basecraft Cirrostratus and Shadow of the Father as well as Descent and Otters in Space.... I'll be honest its a heady group to take on. I personally think Basecraft or Chakra should perhaps get it.

I'll even go so far as to say I'm sort of pulling for Seventh Chakra I think its rikoshi's best book to date and solid book in general. Though Basecraft is very original and deserves a nod as well.

Though if mine happens to win it I'd be super delighted. Just not sure I deserve it and honestly the nomination of my first novel to this is just fantastic.

I invite everyone to go to http://www.ursamajorawards.org/voting2010/ and vote for who they think should be 2010's major work of the year. If you think my book deserves it then great. If you think someone else deserves it then go over anyway and vote. PLEASE.

This is the people's choice award after all. Go vote! Reward good books and artists.